DIEGO SIMEONE refused to shake Jurgen Klopp’s hand AGAIN after Atletico Madrid slipped to another loss against Liverpool.
And Simeone once again ignored his German rival at Anfield on Wednesday night after slipping to a second straight Euro defeat.
As Klopp, 54, stood on the pitch to congratulate his players and acknowledge the buoyant fans, Simeone stood stony-faced on the touchline.
With the Reds chief still drinking in the atmosphere, Simone trudged off down the tunnel before interacting with Klopp at all.
After the game, Klopp reflected on the snub from the first match at the Wanda Metropolitano, saying: “After the game in Madrid, I wasn’t happy with my reaction either.
“Making a mistake is not a problem… learning from it is the target.
“I learn… if he doesn’t want to have a handshake, that’s no problem.
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“I respect pretty much everything in life. But I didn’t know in that moment – so that’s why I did what I did.”
“And now, everything’s calm and how it should be.”
Liverpool won 2-0 thanks to first-half goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, with Atleti defender Felipe sent off for a cynical foul on the Senegal winger – and for snubbing the referee.
The result ensured the Reds advance to the last-16 as group winners – regardless of what happens in their final two games – with the LaLiga champions forced to fight on.
Ahead of the game, Simeone had explained he refuses to take part in the post-match tradition as he doesn’t believe in ‘falsehoods’.
Simeone said: “I explained it after the game, I reiterate it: I don’t like to shake hands after the game; the emotions are different from the coaches.
“I understand that in England, it is used as a gentlemanly way, but I don’t share it because I don’t like falsehoods.
“I can’t talk about Klopp as a person because I don’t know him, but I can talk about the good work he has always done in the teams he has been in.
“I don’t usually give my opinion on how opposing teams play. There are codes, and we coaches have to respect that.”
Immediately after last month’s game, Simeone had said: “I never shake hands after a match, because I don’t like it.
“It isn’t healthy for either the one who wins or the one who loses. That’s the way I see it.
“But now when I see [Klopp] I will shake his hand without problem.”
Klopp wasn’t best pleased at the time, admitting: “We don’t like that, but yes the situation is clear.
“I want to shake his hand. His reaction for sure, like mine, was not so cool.
“The next time we see each other we will shake hands definitely. It’s nothing.
“He was obviously angry, not with me but with the game. There is nothing else.”
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